Level 1 Firearms Training, LLC
is focused on providing safe, fun,
and informative

firearm safety classes and instructor certification


Certified National Rifle Association (NRA) Instructors and
Training Counselors. A listing of available courses nationwide can be
found at https://level1firearms.com.
Basics of Pistol Safety
Things to Know

Level 1 Firearms Training

understand the
, and
necessary for firearms owners to maintain control
over their environment, their firearm, and the safety of those around them. Basic knowledge of firearm safety rules, developing
the skill to apply those rules, and a "safety-first" attitude is paramount to our

firearms training classes


We do not believe in firearm “accidents” - we believe in

firearm education

through proper, formal


. All “accidents” are
caused by the improper handling of a firearm - this occurs when a person handling a firearm does not follow the basic principles
and rules for safe gun handling. If a person is careless, ignores established gun training rules, and don't practice responsible

gun ownership rules

, an incident, not an accident, will occur.

Fundamental Rules for Safe Gun Handling

There are

three basic rules for safe gun handling


ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction

This is a core gun safety requirement. If the gun is not pointed at an intended target, it cannot possibly destroy the target.
We believe responsible gun owners will always follow this rule for the safety of themselves and others who are present.

ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot

The gun is not going to shoot without someone pulling the trigger-it’s a matter of physics-if there is no one pulling the
trigger, then on one is applying pressure to the trigger, the gun will not discharge. If responsible gun owners do not place
their finger on the trigger, until they are ready to fire, the gun is not going to discharge a round.

ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready for use

If the gun is in your safe, there's no reason for it to be loaded with ammunition. If you are thinking the gun must be ready at
all times, and its locked in a safe, or in the night stand next to you, don't place the magazine into the gun--until it is ready to
be used! If the gun is a revolver, have your ammunition in a speed loader -- the same principles apply regardless of the
type of gun you own. 

You don't need a

firearm training class

to teach you common sense - you need is a common sense class that teaches you
about safe gun handling. No one is taught a common sense approach to gun handling in school - this is a specialized area where

Certified NRA Instructors

can teach and instill “best practices” related to safe gun handling.

Additional Firearm Responsibilities

Know your target and what is beyond.

It doesn’t matter if you are at the range, on a hunting expedition, or protecting yourself in a street fight-knowing your target
(threat) and what’s beyond your target is a principle rule that needs to be observed at all times. You must be sure there is
nothing beyond your target the will stop a bullet should you miss the target you are aiming for or should the bullet pass
through the target. Even under the most stressful of circumstances, you must make sure you will not hit an unintended

Know how to use your gun safely.

Before you use your gun, you must know how it operates, what to expect, and how it should perform. You should not bring
your firearm home relying only on the instructions the firearm dealer gave you before leaving the store. Know your guns
most basic parts-how to open and close the action, and how to safely remove ammunition before you use it. Never
assume the gun you purchased will behave in the same manner as a gun you previously operated-all guns are different.
Don’t rely on the gun’s built-in safety features, as all safety features are subject to failure.

Knowing how to use your gun safely is especially important when it comes to handguns.
There are a multitude of different handgun mechanisms-all of which have their very own,
specific operating procedure.

Ensure your gun is safe to operate.

Even if you purchased a brand new gun, it is your responsibility to ensure the gun will
operate as expected. This can only be accomplished by taking your handgun out to a
range and putting through a rigorous series of tests to ensure it maintains consistency
when firing.

Know the correct ammunition your gun will accept

Each firearm accepts a limited amount of ammunition size, powder, and bullet caliber. Use only the ammunition that the
gun was designed to use, which is stamped on the side of the barrel for easy identification. Never fire your gun unless you
are sure you have the right ammunition, the correct caliber, and the correct amount of gunpowder in which the gun is rated.

Using the correct ammunition for your gun is especially important with revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. There are a
number of cartridges that have the same dimensions which will fit in different guns, and yet, produce a strikingly different
result when fired. The amount of gunpowder contained in the cartridge can and will, make a difference in the guns
operation. Be sure you have only the correct amount of gun powder in the ammunition you will be using!

At the Range, Wear Eye and Ear Protection at all times.

Absent a concealed carry scenario/encounter, responsible gun owners always wear the appropriate

eye and ear


suitable for the firearm they are using. Most prescription glasses are adequate for eye protection, but we
suggest speaking with your optometrist before assuming your prescription classes are adequate for target shooting.

Guns produce a large noise when they discharge their bullet-even the smaller, .22 caliber handgun will produce a loud
noise that is uncomfortable for the ears to sustain. We suggest electronic ear protection no matter the caliber gun you
use. Electronic ear protection is explicitly designed to protect your hearing from a variety of gun calibers-not just the one
you use. If you are at the range shooting a .22 caliber gun and the person next to you is shooting a .357; you will notice a
difference when the guns discharge, especially when they are discharging rounds next to you.

Never us alcohol, drugs, or prescription medicines while shooting.

It goes without saying, drugs and alcohol impair your ability to operate machinery, tools, vehicles, and just about anything
else. Prescription drugs can be moderately acceptable provided they do not impair your ability to operate your firearm
safely-for example, heart, kidney, or liver medication. If you are taking any medication that impairs your ability to operate
machinery, do not participate in any shooting activity until you are capable in doing so in a safe and efficient manner.

If it's not on your person, it's locked in a safe! 
Safe storage of a firearm is a HUGE RESPONSIBILITY! Do not allow anyone who
is not properly trained, under aged, or not responsible in any way, shape, or form, or who
appears to be mentally unstable to have access to your guns-ever!  Even if it’s your
own children, teenager, or an adult member in the home-keep your firearms locked
up -- away from unauthorized users! Many of the famous shooting sprees in the past, and
unfortunately in the future, can and could have been prevented by having firearms safely

Contact Level 1 Firearms Training
There is no need to attend a harsh, military-style firearms training course.  Level 1 provides dedicated, caring professionals who
want to keep you, your loved ones, and your community safe and sound. Our classes are taught in a casual, fear-free environment
that fosters learning and personal growth. Let us know how we can help you fullfill your firearms education needs.
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